Whilst this story just seems to keep on running, it highlights the failure of successive governments to deal with what a second chamber should look like and do.
As mentioned, they do a lot of valuable work but all the time the number of peers continues to grow so that the right 'balance' can be maintained between the parties then there will be public mistrust. Unless the parties can finally decide what they want from a second chamber then nothing will change.
It could also draw public attention towards forthcoming Lords appointments at an inopportune time for Prime Minister David Cameron. Lord Sewel resigned from his role as deputy speaker of the House of Lords on Sunday, after The Sun on Sunday published a front-page story saying that Lord Sewel had "snorted cocaine with two vice girls at this London flat".